Thursday 29 October 2015

Between the World and Me

Finished October 27
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by the author

This book, especially with the author reading it, felt almost like a stream of consciousness performance. It is written as a communication from Coates to his teenage son and, while focused on the social truths of being black in America, is about the larger culture, the history of issues of "the other", the concerns of parents for their children and their children's future, and the future of the country itself.
This book is emotional, yet steeped in history and facts. It is a story of Coates' life, and the lives of other Americans struggling against the history and culture of the United States that defines someone by what they look like.
I found it moving, thought-provoking, and enlightening, and urge others to read or, even better, listen to it.

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